Broncos Close First WAC Road Trip at Hawai'i
Following its 102-101 quadruple overtime victory over San Jose State Thursday, the Boise State men’s basketball team concludes its first conference road trip of 2010-11 Saturday at Hawai’i.
The Broncos (10-5, 2-0 WAC) and Rainbow Warriors (9-6, 0-3 WAC) are slated to tip at 10:30 p.m. (MT) at Stan Sheriff Center. The match-up will be the second game of a doubleheader with the Rainbow Warriors’ women’s team.
The Broncos are back home next week, squaring off against Utah State (Jan. 13) and Nevada (Jan. 15).
STARTING ON THE RIGHT FOOT
The Broncos have started 3-0 in the WAC for just the second time since joining the league prior to the 2001-02 season (2008-09). Boise State hasn’t gone 4-0 to start league play since 1998-99 when the team was in the Big West.
Boise State holds a 10-9 advantage in the all-time series, which only dates back to when the Broncos joined the WAC prior to the 2001-02 season. The Broncos are 2-7 in Honolulu, though the two road victories have come in the last three trips the team has made.
LAST YEAR AGAINST HAWAI’I
The teams split last year’s series, with the home team winning each game. La’Shard Anderson and Daequon Montreal each came off the bench in the first game to lead the Broncos with 18 and 16 points, respectively. But the Broncos fell 76-68 Jan. 4, in Honolulu.
The Broncos rebounded with an 82-63 victory at Taco Bell Arena, March 4. Robert Arnold scored a game-high 19 points in the win.
LAST TIME OUT
The Broncos are coming off their first quadruple overtime game in school history. Boise State defeated San Jose State 102-101 in a game where five different Broncos recorded career highs in minutes played. Paul Noonan (57) and Robert Arnold (53) each played more than 50 minutes for the Broncos, and La’Shard Anderson scored a career-high 31 points.
DEBUT FOR RICE
Leon Rice, in his debut season after being named the seventh head coach in school history, is the only coach to begin his career with six-consecutive wins.
Since Boise State became a four-year institution prior to the 1968-69 season, no other coach won more than his first two games to begin his career. Rice joins the Broncos after spending the last 11 seasons on the coaching staff at Gonzaga. He had served as the associate head coach with the Bulldogs since 2007.
Bob Behler is in his third season as the “Voice of the Broncos,” and his 25th calling college basketball games. Joining Behler, and also in his third season, is former Bronco Abe Jackson, who played for Boise State from 1998-2002.
All Bronco games will be broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network, with KBOI 670 AM serving as the flagship station. Games can also be heard live at broncosports.com.
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